Interstate Highway Act

(1956)

Impact

In the twenty-first century, the national interstate system consists of more than 160,000 thousand miles of roadway. It can move military vehicles and supplies easily and quickly across the county, just as Eisenhower had hoped. The interstate system had a deep and lasting impact on society. People moved out of cities and into suburbs and the countryside. No longer were people required to live where they worked; commuting to work became the norm for many. As the ease of mobility increased, so did the ability of people to travel for business or vacation. As increasing numbers of people took to the roads, more and more businesses grew up along interstate routes. For instance, tens of thousands of new motels that included restaurants sprouted up along the interstate routes to accommodate weary and hungry travelers. The interstate helped to create a highly mobile society centered on the automobile.

The interstate also aided the economy by allowing goods and services to be...

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The Interstate Highway Act (National Archives and Records Administration)

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